Since our last report on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday, the number of total cases has risen from 34 to 41.
According to the DRC Ministère de la Santé Monday, 41 EVD cases have been reported since the outbreak started on June 1 (38 confirmed, 3 probable). 17 deaths have been recorded and 4 patients have recovered.
The United Nations released their report Monday entitled, Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission , which identifies seven trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases, including a growing demand for animal protein, unsustainable farming practices and the global climate crisis.
It also sets out 10 practical steps that nations can take right now, including expanded research into zoonotic diseases, improved monitoring and regulation of food systems, and incentivizing sustainable land management practices.
In particular, the report recommends that governments adopt a “One Health” approach that brings together public health, veterinary and environmental expertise to prevent and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks.